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AHA–NEH Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations Grants

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American Historical Association (AHA) - NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

12/14/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $75,000 to USA institutions of higher education, government agencies, and tribal governments for historical projects. Funding is intended for organizations that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Eligible projects include ambitious new initiatives as well as smaller projects that address problems that have arisen because of the pandemic.

The AHA’s Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations Program provides funding to support dozens of small history-related organizations adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants fund short-term projects that explore new ideas or build on experiments initiated during the pandemic—from virtual programming or online publications to using new technologies or expanding audiences and accessibility.

During the project period, successful applicants will gather during AHA-hosted online workshops to cultivate community and mutual consultation among grantees. Two workshop series will provide opportunities for professional and organizational development and networking. The first workshop series will bring together similar organizations. The second will include all grantees pursuing similar projects with different approaches. The goal is to encourage long-term connections that both identify and respond to the new needs of entities that are essential to the work of historians, but often too small to take risks, or lack the resources to implement the creativity of their staff and volunteers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198826

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $75,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within one year.
- Projects Begin: As early as April 1, 2022
- Projects End: No later than March 31, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, or federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

Organizations must have annual budgets of $750,000 or less and fall into one of three categories:
- Membership associations
- Site- or location-based institutions, including online entities
- History and humanities departments at historically Black and tribally controlled colleges and universities (HBCUs and TCCUs)

Organizations that received American Rescue Plan funds directly from NEH (through the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations program) are not eligible.

For a list of funding restrictions, see the URL for Full Text (RFP) link listed below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Questions? The AHA will host a pre-application webinar on Friday, November 5, 2021, at 1 p.m. ET to to provide an overview of the program and answer questions about the application process. Register here: The webinar will be recorded and available on the AHA's website following the live broadcast.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications Open: Friday, October 15, 2021
- Applications Close: Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 11:59 PM (ET)
- Decision Notification: No later than Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator at

American Historical Association
400 A Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202.544.2422

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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